Applesauce-Chocolate Chip Cake


Honestly, I had to laugh.  It pretty much goes along with the destruction and state of mess in my house.  Everywhere I look there is a disaster.  Everything I pick up has a dust bunny lurking under it.  Packing up is the epitome of the pits.  One pod is filled, another will be delivered today.   My spine aches.  Even my pinkie fingers hurt.  Okay everything hurts but we needed cake.  So I made some.  Priorities.  I cannot deal with body pain unless sweets are involved.

Here’s the thing, I really annoy myself when I do not listen to my own baking intuition.  I knew this cake was going to be very moist.  I knew I needed to let it cool about 15 minutes in the pan (the recipe said 10 minutes).  So why did I dump it out after two minutes.  Who knows.  But this is what I got.  Another mess.

However, just as I suspected, this Applesauce-Chocolate Chip Cake was totally fantastic, I mean, really fantastic.  The kind of cake you can’t stop eating.

Why did I make this cake? 

It’s made in one bowl.  No mixer is required.  I needed to use up the rest of my chocolate chips, they would just melt if I packed them up to ship.  I also had a jar of unsweetened applesauce I needed to use as well.  The cake also calls for black pepper and cardamom…intriguing.  Overall, it had a wonderful flavor.  As soon as I stock up on chocolate chips again, I will be making it.  I will just be little more patient with the cooling time. 

My boys asked me what I did to the cake.  I told them I made inside out cake.  They were impressed.  Ha.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the granulated sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, cloves and pepper.  Whisk in the applesauce, eggs, oil and melted butter.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Scrape the batter into a buttered and floured 12-cup bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes (mine took only one hour) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached.

Transfer the pan to a rack and let THE CAKE COOL FOR 10 MINUTES, then invert it onto the rack and let cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Don’t think even one piece of this cake went to waste.  We devoured it.  And no, it was not out of desperation.  It was really good.

Applesauce-Chocolate Chip Cake
Adapted from Food and Wine

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
One 12 ounce bag semisweet-chocolate chips

In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the granulated sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, cloves and pepper.  Whisk in the applesauce, eggs, oil and melted butter.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Scrape the batter into a buttered and floured 12-cup bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes (mine took only one hour) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached.

Transfer the pan to a rack and let THE CAKE COOL FOR 10 MINUTES, then invert it onto the rack and let cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Dust with powdered sugar if you like.

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89 Comments

  1. Laura 1

    Have a margarita….that cures aching pinky fingers.

  2. Yup. Yup. Yup. That headless cake looks all too familiar. I have jigsawed together many a cake like that. You’d think I’d learn my lesson, but you can’t underestimate the power of a chocolate chip’s siren call.

  3. donna 3

    Oh your poor aching body.. you need a hot tub and a drink..hang in there!

    This cake is calling my name. Looks delicious to me, sounds perfect and I have everything to make it right here. And I dont even have to wait to soften the butter, love that the best!

  4. Teri 4

    A yummy way to use up extra stuff that just can’t be packed and soothe aching muscles.
    I can hardly wait until you get to the vineyard and start planting.

    Teri

  5. Debbie 5

    That cake looks fantastic regardless of it getting stuck in the pan. I made a Jewish Apple cake last year that tasted great but I could not get this sucker out of the pan in one piece either. It frustrating!

  6. deeba 6

    Oh yes, I hate it when this happens & God knows how often it’s happened to me. Then I curse myself, curse the tin…& know all along that I should have waited. That apart, what an intriguing bundt…WOW! take a look at the flavours that warm it up…beautiful!

  7. Yup, yup. Been there! Now you are officially in the club!

  8. Barbie with a T 8

    I can see the moistness. Inside out cake is the perfect name for it, and it looks delicious through and through.

  9. barbie with a T 9

    Really moist cake! I can tell just by the photo that I would love this cake.

  10. I love your reply to your boys. Hilarious.

  11. HoneyB 11

    good comeback for the kids! I wouldn’t let it go to waste either. Well not THAT kind of waste… :o)

  12. Leslie 12

    lol…dont you hate it when that happens! But at least it was still delicious!

  13. Julia 13

    There must be something in the air… A friend made cupcakes yesterday, forgot the tin liners, and had the same problem. Hers tasted great, too! Yours looks really GREAT! I love applesauce in desserts for the great moist texture it gives.

  14. Melynda 14

    Everyone eats cake like that sooner or later. Glad you still have your sense of humor about you. Take care, and soon you will be on your way.

  15. Been there, done that … even when I was making a cake for someone else. That’s when you get really inventive to cover up your boo boo’s. You know … slicing it all up, drizzling with glazes, etc. Glad it tasted so good and such a clever answer you gave your hooligans! :-)

    Shirley

  16. Mags 16

    Aww…. I feel your pain, but it’s kinda nice to know that you’re only human (like the rest of us..lol)

    It really does look delicious!

  17. Inside out cake is a specialty of mine- I too am impatient when it comes to flipping out the cake.

  18. Katrina 18

    One of my biggest pet peeves in the world is when something I’ve baked doesn’t turn out right. Turn out, ha, get it! But seriously–it SOUNDS great. 😉
    I’m confused though, you said early on to let it cool 15!!! But you kept putting on the recipe 10 MINUTES!!, you mean 15? Just wondering. It really sounds delicious!

  19. I have made inside out cake on occasion myself:D

  20. Julie 20

    It really does look moist and wonderful! I’m not very good at the waiting thing, either.

  21. LOL–but I have no doubt it was delicious!! I love any kind of chocolate-fruit combo.

    Wishing lots of luck with your packing and moving!!

  22. LOL…what is it about us food bloggers and moving? I’m moving on Saturday (cross my fingers on the carpet installation) and can’t seem to stop cooking and writing…I have a ton to do and go play in the kitchen instead :) It’s much more fun :)

    Thanks for this post…I think almost everyone who bakes can relate to the cake that left half of itself in the pan :) Good thing they always taste great anyway!

  23. It’s all about the spin – Inside out cake – I love it! Good luck with the moving. Just keep your eyes on the prize and know that moving stinks whichever way you look at it. You’ll be in the house before you know it. :)

  24. annbb 24

    Glad you enjoyed it anyway!

  25. elra 25

    Fabulous that your boys impress, lol. Maybe they know how tired you were, so they feel like to cheer you up, lol. Anyway, the important thing is, that this cake taste good!

  26. All I can say is this: yum. Another bookmarked recipe to make down the road…

  27. Inside out cake?! You are so clever!
    Inside out or not, it looks mouth watering.

  28. Laurie 28

    Love a one bowl cake and this one looks like a winner. Great way to clean out your cupboards for the move. Cardamon and black pepper do sound terribly intriguing…

  29. LilSis 29

    Your boys are lucky that get homemade cake even when their mom is in the middle of packing! I’m sure it tasted great!

    It does make me feel a little better knowing that I’m not the only one that has stuff like that happen.

  30. Oh dear, I feel for you. Moving is the worst. Despite the mishap the cake looks delicious. I would never attempt to bake during a move. You’re a brave one.

  31. Marlene 31

    Sometimes the messes are the best out of all the prettiest cakes!!!

    Hang in there kiddo, it will be over soon!

  32. Gah! Hate when that happens. I bet the cake was good despite the pan incident.

    I won MPM’s Pay It Forward contest last week and I’m hosting one today (if you’d like to enter).

  33. Bob 33

    Oh man, I do hate that! That happened last time I tried to make a raspberry cake. At least yours tasted good, that’s the most important part. :)

  34. Well I’m just going to come right out and say that I’m glad it happens to other people! Looks yummy anyway!

  35. LOL…what is it about us food bloggers and moving? I’m moving on Saturday (cross my fingers on the carpet installation) and can’t seem to stop cooking and writing…I have a ton to do and go play in the kitchen instead :) It’s much more fun :)

    Thanks for this post…I think almost everyone who bakes can relate to the cake that left half of itself in the pan :) Good thing they always taste great anyway!

  36. Ok. I get it. Cool 10 minutes. 😉

    Honestly, the first time I looked at the cake I didn’t see a thing wrong with it. Only after I read the rest of the post and saw your warnings and scroll up for a second look did I realize you left a little behind in the pan.

    You have my utmost admiration for being able to even think about baking in the middle of all of this moving. If it were me, I’d be eating takeout for the next two weeks.

  37. June 37

    Thanks for my Monday morning laugh! It looks like something I would have done. Best is now there’s a new name for it Good luck with your move & keep your chin up. As my dear old Dad used to say “things aren’t so bad, that they couldn’t get worse”. Now, isn’t that cheerful?

  38. Cath, this used to happen to me so often, that I stopped baking for a while!

  39. Marjie 39

    So the boys were impressed. What else matters?

    If it helps, I spent Saturday moving every small piece of furniture and turning over every sofa on the first floor of my house. Oh My Aching Arse! I feel your pain!

  40. Liz C. 40

    Sorry, but it’s comforting to know I’m not the only one that screws up occasionally.

    I wish I could be there to help you pack up but if I were there, we’d probably get absolutely nothing accomplished… aside from killing a few bottles of wine.

  41. Amy 41

    It happens to the best of us!

    Still looks delicious.

  42. Lisa 42

    At least when it tastes great it takes the sting out of the mess. I know I wouldn’t turn down a slice!

  43. Tanya 43

    Oh, I feel for you! This has happened to me way too many times to count and when it does, I curse loudly! At least it didn’t go to waste. It does look really delicious!

  44. We’d eat the scraps stuck to the inside of the pan. That’s the best part anyways.

  45. Mary 45

    It looks like it tastes good, besides you get points for complete honesty.

  46. Kari 46

    Mmmm…seriously, my mouth is watering for this one. Looks delicious!

  47. KathyB. 47

    I am impressed that in the midst of moving and blogging you are baking! Sure, you’re only using minimal kitchen stuff and using up ingredients so as not to have to pack them up , but still I am impressed. When I am rushed or stressed eating or cooking don’t ever come to mind! ( fortunately they do come to Hubby’s mind, and he cooks! )

    The cake does look just fine and tasty, but if appearance does matter , nothing a LOT of whipping cream or vanilla ice cream couldn’t help.

  48. Flea 48

    Oh yum. I might actually make this one.

  49. Steph 49

    I knew I should’ve picked up that jar of applesauce the other day! The cake looks delicious. Very cool inside-out cake..hehe.

  50. imom 50

    This has happened to me more times than I care to admit!

  51. lol..it looks really moist though!

  52. Biz 52

    I am impressed – with all you have going on and still making cakes!

    Love the inside/out reference! 😀

    It still looks delicious.

  53. Gwen 53

    You made the cake inside out?!? Stroke of genius, I’ll have to remember that. This cake intrigues me, I’ll have to try it!

  54. katie 54

    Haha! I do this about 1/2 of the time when making a new cake because I can’t wait to taste it!

  55. Jodie 55

    I have the same problem with brownies. I can never seem to wait until they are cool enough before I begin to dive into them. It must be a chocolate thing.
    This cake looks amazing and the cardamom and pepper sound very interesting. Maybe this will be the recipe that force me to finally buy a bundt pan. :) Good luck with the packing!

  56. tipper 56

    Looks so Yummy-even if it is a mess :)

  57. Kayola 57

    You are amazing even with sore pinkies!!!!! I wish we had smell-o-blog when I visit you….

  58. Rachel 58

    Ha! The same thing happened to me last night and I DID let it cool in the pan. I made a chocolate bundt cake for my students but it wasn’t fit to be seen. My family enjoyed it, though; with a bit of cherry pie filling and whipped cream, it was just like a Black Forest cake.
    I ended up running to the DQ to buy an ice cream cake for the class instead.

  59. The inside out cake is a neat idea! I love the apple sauce and chocolate chips here – delicious!

  60. I sooo hate it when it happens, clever cover story, sounds great.

  61. Sara 61

    I DO hate when that happens! But it still looks like a delicious cake.

  62. I’m sorry everything hurts…
    I’d have eaten the cake no matter what!

    Thanks for backing me up on the Vista thing. Dad is getting XP. It’ll be better for everyone!

  63. pam 63

    Inside out cake! Perfect!

  64. Erin 64

    That happened to me recently too! We scraped the topping out of the bundt mold and used it to top ice cream.

  65. Jeff 65

    hug…with everything going on you get bonus points for even baking.

    Plus appearances are overrated and all that matters is how it tastes.

  66. I hate it when that happens, but it looks like it was delicious anyway! Can’t believe you’re baking and packing at the same time. Amazing.

  67. Alisa 67

    Still looks delicious. I may have to get some baking done here before it starts warming up again.

  68. grace 68

    i’m so glad it was able to be salvaged, as it looks like a winning recipe. i always appreciate when folks don’t let things go to waste. :)

  69. Paula 69

    My family would be fighting over the part left in the pan! What is it that appeals to kids (and my hubby) about eating out of the pan?? Glad you were able to salvage it and enjoy it! Looks delish with the exposed choc chips! :-)

  70. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be tasty. I love the cardamom in the recipe. I bet it tastes heavenly with the chocolate. This is a must try.

  71. Mrs. L 71

    It looks very moist and yummy…and yes I will let it sit in the pan (maybe, cuz I’m like you, I want it out to eat NOW!)

  72. Although a couple of the main ingredients in your recipe are off limits to me, you’ve inspired me to do some baking. Applesauce and chocolate chips sound wonderful together.

    By the way, in my world, dust bunnies are ghost turds.

    :-)
    Melissa

  73. I made it last night. It’s so addictive, I can’t stop eating it. Thanks for sharing a recipe that became a fav!

  74. dawn 74

    You have made even a kichen mishap look fantastic. It actually sounds delicious. Applesauce always makes a cake so moist.

  75. I’m with you–I hate when I don’t listen to my baking instincts. Usually it happens because I am too impatient. Always comes back to haunt me. Anyhow, nice post and nice site! I’ll be back.

  76. lo 76

    Can’t argue with an inside-out cake that tastes that good, can you? Apples and chocolate… no complaints here.

  77. Don’t judge a cake by its appearance. Some of the messiest/least attractive are the yummiest. This is a prime example. I am proud to see that you posted it anyways.

  78. Goldie 78

    That happened to me a while back. My ever-resourceful husband spooned some into a small dessert bowl, poured chocolate syrup on it, heated it in the microwave and entitled it “ghetto cake”. It was brilliant!

  79. Sophia 79

    oh, dear. this has happened to me SO many times…I always get too impatient to wait for it to cool! but you know what? It still looks perfectly scrumptious.

  80. I’d have slapped some fresh whipped cream on it and called it good.

    Topped or not, it looks delicious!

  81. Melynda 81

    I had to come back for a second look, I am certain I have made this exact cake!

  82. Breanna 82

    yummy! can’t wait to try some!

  83. Hee, hee…at least I’m not the only one who does that! Still looks scrumptious!

  84. Beth 84

    thank you so much for showing this picture. I cannot tell you how many times this has happened to me. I did this to a lemon/blueberry cake that I was supposed to be taking to a fancy party. I sliced it, drizzled a glaze and hoped nobody noticed the tops were missing from the slices. So, so frustrating! Hang in there with the move – just think of how nice it will be when you are finished.

  85. I totally hate when the happens… but it always gets eaten!

  86. Irene 86

    Oh goodness, that looks so delicious! This has totally happened to me, btw, and I always kick myself for my impatience! :)

  87. well, it might not be the prettiest of cakes, but it looks pretty yummy. I will try to bake it soon.

  88. Meg 88

    Cathy,
    This looked so yummy when I first saw it that I knew I was going to have to make it sometime. A few weeks later, I finally have. Behold the link to my blog: link to dashofnutmeg.com

    Thanks so much for this inspiration, and the many more you’ve provided me with!
    ~Meg

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